Traditional or Candid Wedding Photography

A Combination of Traditional and Candid Wedding Photography

If you have clicked on this blog, I am guessing you are getting married? CONGRATULATIONS!! I am also guessing that you looking at photographers, thinking I didn’t realise there are so many to choose from, and I have no clue what I want! Should it be traditional wedding photography or candid wedding photography!

Here is my breakdown on the styles of photography to hopefully help you choose your preferred style, allowing you to take a more informed look at your local photographers.

Traditional

Traditional is capturing the key elements of your day, including signing of the register, cutting of the cake, and group shots with parents, bridal party, and guests. The bride and groom portraits are beautifully posed and structured images of looking at camera, looking at each other, and having a little kiss. 

Candid

Reportage / candid style photography follows your special day as happens. Candid images are not setup or directed by the photographer. The photographer follows the day’s events capturing natural smiles, giggles, and those intimate moments.  If looking straight at the camera makes you feel uncomfortable this could certainly be the style for you.

Combination of traditional and candid

If you like the sound of both styles, then have both! Personally, this is our preferred style of capturing our couple’s special day. A mix of both traditional and candid captures your wedding in it’s entirety. Candids are great for bridal preps, ceremony, and enjoying your day with your guests. The traditional group shots captures your family and friends to look back at for years to come, and beautiful Bride and Groom photos will take pride of place in your album and on display in your home.

I know how overwhelming choosing your wedding photographer can be, so I hope this blog has helped. I am always happy to answer questions and offer guidance. If you would like to talk to me about your wedding photography, please click here.

Images from Amy and Steven’s wedding at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield

Do We Need Two Photographers at our Wedding

Two Wedding Photographers Vs One Wedding Photographer

As a husband and wife team, we are often asked by Brides and Grooms if both of us will be there on their wedding day, and if they do in fact need two photographers.

Not all weddings require more than one photographer. Here is our guide for determining if your wedding would benefit two photographers, or if one is plenty:

  • Are you having bridal preps and groom preps? You will definitely need two photographers, one with the Bride and one with the Groom.
  • Are the Bridal preps a distance from the ceremony? A second photographer would be an advantage. As the first photographer will be with the Bride, there would be very little time to travel to the venue to meet the Groom for pre-ceremony shots. The second photographer can be at the venue to meet with the Groom and Groomsmen to capture the pre-ceremony nerves.
  • Do you have more than 80 guests during the day? Two photographers would certainly help with the organisation of group shots, especially of the entire wedding party. Also a great opportunity to capture candid shots whilst the first photographer is taking group and bridal shots.

The other benefit to having a second photographer is during the ceremony. With one positioned at the front and one at the back, you will receive two view points of the most important part of your day.

Ceremony at St Chad’s Church, Hopwas

Ceremony at The Waterfront, Barton Marina

As mentioned earlier, for many weddings one photographer is plenty. If you are having a small, intimate wedding with your closest family and friends, having two cameras pointing at them could make your guests feel a little uncomfortable. More so if you are having a videographer too.

With our years of experience, knowledge, and passion for wedding photography, we are always happy to offer guidance and advice to couples. If you have any questions about your wedding photography, do not hesitate to contact us. To see more of our work, click here to visit our webpage.

 

 

Wedding Photography at The Waterfront Barton Marina

Charlotte and Nathan’s Wedding at The Waterfront, Barton Marina

On Saturday 18th August, we had the pleasure of capturing Charlotte and Nathan’s wedding at The Waterfront at Barton Marina in Staffordshire.

Phil joined the Bride and bridal party at home to capture the preparations. Phil has never seen such a calm and relaxed bride. Even when the wrong coloured limo arrived, the bride just laughed and carried on. Whilst Phil was catching the final preparations, Vicky went ahead to The Waterfront to meet the Groom and Groomsmen. Again, a very calm Groom was awaiting his Bride. The Waterfront is positioned in the marina, providing a great backdrop for the Groomsmen shots.

The civil ceremony was hosted in The Crow’s Nest at The Waterfront. The room was decorated beautifully for their intimate ceremony surrounded by their family and friends. Following the ‘I do’s’ everyone headed out for drinks on the terrace. After a quick refreshment and congratulating the new Mr and Mrs, we cracked on with the group shots and Bride and Groom portraits. With the lake, the bridge, the woodland walk, and the marina, backdrops for the photos were plentiful.

At night, the marina is lit beautifully, therefore twilight photos were a must. After the first dance, we sneaked the Bride and Groom out for a couple of night time photos, which the Best Men seemed to jump in on too. Below are just a few images from their day.

This was a lovely wedding, that we loved being part of. We would like to thank Charlotte and Nathan for choosing us to capture your special day and wish you both all the best wishes. For more information on our Wedding Photography service, click here. To check if your date is available, call Vicky on 01827 215 707.

Bridal Preparations 

The Groomsmen

The Ceremony

Confetti Throw

Bride & Groom Portraits

Cutting of the Cake

First Dance 

Twilight Photos

 

Special Birthday Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot to Celebrate Family Special Birthday Year

We recently welcomed the Essex family to the studio for a family photo shoot session, to celebrate their special birthday year.

Both mum and dad turned 50 this year, and their daughter turns sweet 16. To mark this mile stone year, the family came for a photo shoot session for some beautiful family portraits. The session was really relaxed and great fun. When they returned to view their images, they selected a 4 image multi-frame that will take pride of place in their home.

Here are just a few of the images from their session. For more information on our photo shoot sessions and to book, call the studio on 01827 215 707, or click here to contact us.



Wedding Photography at Hawkesyard Estate

Wedding of Emma and Alex at Hawkesyard Estate

On Saturday 27th July we had the pleasure of providing the wedding photography for Emma and Alex at Hawkesyard Estate in Rugeley.

We were with the happy couple all day, from the preparations catching the excitement and a few nerves, all the way through to their first dance as husband and wife. Phil joined the bride at her parents house, whilst Vicky joined the Groom at home. 

The ceremony was conducted at the beautiful St Chad’s Church in Hopwas. Surrounded by their family and friends, the couple exchanged vows. A few happy tears were shed, mostly by the Groom.

The reception was held at the stunning Hawkesyard Estate. With its vast gardens and beautiful architecture, providing many backdrops for photographs, we were in photographers heaven. Below are just a few of the images from their lovely day.

We would like to thank Emma and Alex for choosing us to be part of your special day, and wish you both the very best.

If you would like to talk to us about your wedding photography, please call Vicky on 01827 215 707 or click here to send us a message.

Bridal Preps

Groom Preps

Here come the boys
The Ceremony 

 

Hawkesyard Estate

Candids

The cutting of the cake

First Dance

Christmas Jumper Photo Shoot

Christmas Jumper Photo Shoot for Christmas Cards

To add that extra personal touch and fun this festive season, send your family and friends an awesome Christmas card with a photo of your clan in their Christmas jumper.

Christmas is a very popular time of year to update your family portraits, not only for yourself to cherish, but they also make very special Christmas gifts. This year, we are asking all of our families to bring along your Christmas jumpers for that fun, unforgettable photo for Christmas cards. You could make it a family tradition?

You will receive the full Philip Charles Photography experience, producing stunning photographs of your family. Incorporating a few shots with your festive outfits will make it all the more fun.

For more information on our Family Portrait sessions, please click here. To book your photo shoot session, call the studio on 01827 215 707 or click here to contact us.   

Update Your Family Portrait This Christmas

Family Portrait for Christmas Gifts

This Christmas, bring your family to the Philip Charles Photography studio to update your family portrait.

Not only do you get to place beautiful portraits of your family on your wall, the photos make excellent Christmas gifts for the rest of the family, especially the Grandparents.

During the one hour session, you will receive the full photo shoot experience, which is enjoyed by everyone, even the most camera shy, and the ‘I don’t like having my picture taken’ one’s amongst you. With a variety of coloured backdrops and Phil’s many years of experience, we will produce a stunning collection of images for you to choose from.  A separate changing is available, therefore you are welcome to bring a change of outfit. Maybe bring along a Christmas jumper?

Here’s just a few images from the Stephen’s photo shoot session.

To book your family photo shoot session, call Vicky in the studio on 01827 215 707 or click here. Booking fee only £20.

 



Wedding Photography at Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield

Wedding of Natasha and Carl at Holy Trinity Church

On 30th June, we had the pleasure of photographing Natasha and Carl’s special day at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield.

In the midst of this summer’s glorious heatwave, the sun was shining bright for the lovely couple. Both of us (Phil and Vicky) were there to capture the day’s events. The ceremony was lovely, with tears of joy and laughter. The Bride was not laughing so much when the Best Man said he couldn’t find the rings, thankfully the Bride and Groom’s son came to the rescue with the rings – nicely played by the Best Man, hopefully Natasha has forgiven for you….

Following the ‘I do’s’, we all went into the lovely Vesey Gardens for the group shots and bridal portraits.

The Reception was held at Hollyfields, which was dressed beautifully. Loads of fun was on offer outside for the children (and grownups) with a bouncy castle, games and photo booth. After the meal, the Bride and Groom took to the dance floor for their first dance. The Bride and her mum also had a special dance which brought a tear to everyone, it was beautiful. Below are a few images from their day.

We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Lloyd for choosing us to capture your special day, and wish you the very best for the future.

If you would like to talk to us about your wedding photography, please contact Vicky on 01827 215 707.

Here come the Boys

Here comes the Bride

The Ceremony

 

The BIG Group Shot

Bride and Groom Portraits

Cars provided by Blushing Brides Cars

Cutting of the Cake

First Dance

Bride and Mum Dance

Family Photo Shoots in Atherstone

Professional Photography Studio for Family Photo Shoots in Atherstone

Philip Charles Photography relocated their professional photography studio last year, June 2018, offering family photo shoots in Atherstone.

Established for over 10 years trading in Tamworth, we made the decision to relocate a couple of miles down the A5 to the lovely market town of Atherstone. Over the last 12 months we have welcomed many, many families of all ages and generations.

One recent family we had the pleasure to shoot was the Moreton family. Mum, dad and their 10 year old son came to update their family portraits. The session was great fun, and produced images that we are all really pleased with. Below are just a few of the images from their shoot.

If you would like more information on our family portraits, click here. To book, contact Phil and Vicky on 01827 215 707.

  

 

Wedding Photography at Swinfen Hall Hotel

Wedding of Hayley and James, Swinfen Hall Hotel

On Saturday 16th June 2018, we had the pleasure of providing the wedding photography for Hayley and James at the stunning Swinfen Hall Hotel.

When we arrived, we found a very nervous Groom and even more nervous Best Man on the front steps, awaiting their guests. To occupy the Groom’s mind for a few minutes, Vicky took him and his Groomsmen for a little walk in the grounds to get some shots. Phil headed off to find the Bride, as the bridal party were getting ready in the hotel.

The ceremony took place in The Four Seasons room. Joined by their three gorgeous children, family, and friends, Hayley and James made their vows. Following the ‘I Do’s‘ we all went out in the beautiful gardens, which is a photographer’s dream. So many different backdrops from the pond to the trellis walk, and not forgetting the amazing architecture of the mansion itself. We could have spent hours photographing the happy couple, but understandably they wanted to join their guests and enjoy the celebrations.

The day was certainly filled with love and laughter. We would like to thank Hayley and James for choosing us to capture your special day, and wish you all the very best for the future.

Here are a few images from their day. If you would like more information on our wedding photography service, please contact Vicky and Phil on 01827 215 707.

Here come the boys

The Ceremony

Portraiture

Candid / Natural Shots

The Cake

First Dance

Philip Charles Photography